24. Knot Considerations

In this video we discuss the knots we use in alpine environments. These are relatively simple knots, even though the terrain is complex. You don’t need to know a lot of fancy knots for alpine climbing. Basic rock climbing knots will suffice.

Knots for alpine climbing should be easy to untie—even when frozen with snow and ice, and using gloves.

The alpinist should be familiar with the clove hitch and a few other friction hitches like the prusik hitch and the autoblock hitch, as well as the klemheist.

Many climbers like to tie into the middle of the rope using a butterfly knot when traveling on a rope team.

Please see our knot videos for rock climbing, as well as for alpine climbing.

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.